Sheffield FC is delighted to announce Graham Abercrombie as its new women’s first team manager.
The UEFA ‘A’ Licence coach has over 20 years coaching experience, and is no stranger to management in the FA Women’s National League having headed up three different Midlands clubs at tier three over the past eight years.
A short stint at Nottingham Forest LFC was followed by a spell at Aston Villa Ladies, before taking over as boss at West Bromwich Albion LFC, a role he combined with the job of Technical Director of the WBA Regional Talent Club.
Abercrombie’s most successful season was his second at West Bromwich Albion in 2015/16 as they won the FA WPL Northern Division, reached the last eight of the FA Cup where they suffered a very impressive 2-0 defeat by Manchester City, and lost in the Championship Play Off Final to Brighton & Hove Albion.
He then spent a year in the United States coaching, before returning to take the reins for a second time at Nottingham Forest ahead of the 2017/18 season. The Reds had just avoided relegation the previous season, and Abercrombie improved on that in each of the next two seasons, latterly with a very young and inexperienced side.
He left Forest shortly before the end of last season, and has spent the past few months coaching at Chesterfield FC Women.
“I’m really pleased that Graham has agreed to take on the first team manager’s role here,” said General Manager, Helen Mitchell. “He’s someone we’ve known for many years, and have played against teams managed by him over previous seasons. His ability as a coach, his knowledge and experience of the women’s game at this level, but particularly his manner and way of doing things are what we need here right now.”
“Graham is someone who can galvanise a group; he is a leader, but he also manages in a quiet and respectful way, getting around his players and giving them the instruction, encouragement and confidence they need to move forward and improve together.”
“He knows what it is to win at this level, but equally how to manage when things aren’t going according to plan, and both those attributes are going to be vitally important to us as a club this season if we are going to change our current fortunes and get back to where we want to be.”
“We know that’s a big task and not something that is going to change overnight, but I know that Graham will put everything he can into moving things forward, make the changes we need to, and get everyone pulling in them same direction.”
Abercrombie said: “I am extremely privileged and proud to take on the manager’s role at this great club. I‘ve been in the Sheffield FC opposition dug out many times in the past, and have a great understanding of the history and traditions of the Club. That will hold me in good stead as we look forward to the challenge we all face.”
“More importantly, the players have shown me already that they are ‘up for the fight’ and willing to sacrifice what’s required to reach our goals.”
Abercrombie takes charge for the first time this week-end as Sheffield FC Women face table toppers Sunderland at the Home of Football Stadium.